The UltiPro BI upgrade to Cognos Analytics is the most significant update to the platform in over a decade. The new environment looks and feels different to users, but once acclimated, you’ll find the system is more intuitive to use and provides some fantastic new capabilities that will allow you to manage data and create reports more effectively than before. Continue reading for a view of what is the same, what is gone and what is new with Cognos Analytics. At the bottom of this article you will find a recording of the Mosaic Webinar on this topic.
If you’re not an experienced user of Cognos, Cognos Analytics is the next generation of Business Intelligence for UltiPro. The Cognos platform provides a new, interactive way to find, explore and share UltiPro data-driven insights. It integrates reporting, analysis, dashboards, and event management to help users access and mobilize company data to make business decisions.
The upgrade, which was rolled out this spring, maintains much of the same functionality that Cognos users have come to know: the same UltiPro folder system they used to navigate, delivered reports, delivered packages, learning resources and your company BI content, all remain. System administration, report-building capabilities, report delivery, execution options, and notifications all remain the same as before. Role level security within BI remains the same as in UltiPro.
Query, Report & Analysis Studios have been rolled up into a single report development environment, Public Folders from Cognos 10. Query Studio Reports convert easily to Reports. Portal Pages and Portlets pages open in a new window with the same look and functionality, including tabs.
Cognos Analytics now features a brand new interface that is more nimble, with more features that make it more browser-friendly, delivers better content, and more interactive capabilities.
Highlights include a new welcome portal and new content search functionality. The home page replaces Cognos Connection. The welcome page lists recently accessed reporting content. Navigation is controlled by a new panel on the left and a new status bar across the top that tells users what is open.
Unless the user has a particular set of rules enforced, they will see the same information as in Cognos: Company Folders, Sample Folders, and BI Content.
A new Analytics User role replaces the Consumer along with increased capabilities, with no change to data access and filtering. Users still have access to delivered content including numerous reports, portal pages, and alerts. Users can modify these reports by simply copying into their folder and making their own versions and introduce different data filters.
Finally, the Cognos upgrade allows you to look at your company information in new ways and interact with it. Your Mosaic team can help you understand the new capabilities of Cognos Analytics to support your data analysis and reporting needs.
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